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FEBRUARY 8, 1974-CENESEO LAMRON-PACE SEVEN GSTV. . . Club or “Quasi-Professional” Service ? The leadership of caippus organizations o ft-tim e s takes itself too seriously, creating serious problems for the mem­ bers of their chartered clubs. GSTV, the nnost a m b it io u s , fastest-growing club on campus bears considerable semblance to a business. Operating a nightly transmission schedule of pro­ grams of local interest may w e ll be too much for a “ c lub,” o r a “council” [GSTV is a council of Activities Commission] to handle. The need fo r a d is t in c t io n between clubs [ History Club, Gay Liberation, Spanish Club] and services [GST^/, WGBC, The Lamron] may be the reason for some serious questioning on the part of student decision-m a kers in the near future. Mhan a club becomes a bus­ iness, they m u st be very much aware of the people that are placed in managerial positions. Tbe LAMRON interviewed Thom Sims, a student who, until re­ cently, was in a managerial position at GSTV. LAM RO N : What w a s your con­ nection with the student tele­ vision station? SIMS: “ I started off in October, W 2 on the staff. I w a s appointed to the executive board in early Spring 1973, in the capacity of Assistant Program Director. I was purportedly in charge of every­ thing that went out over the air. The program directorselected the prcgrammlng, and I decided when it would go on. I was in charge of transm ission under fhe direction of the program director.” LAMRON: It w a s obvious that a very different G S T V came back this year. What part did you have in all of this? SIMS: “The majority of the de­ cision-making took place on Long Island, where most of the board members lived. I live in Syracuse. When we returned in the fall, I w a s unable to fulfill my responsibilities, because of mat­ ters that were unrelated to the station.” LAMRON: When you refer to “the station,” what do you m e a n ? SIMS: “Supposedly, the ‘station’ can be any fee paying student. J A C K A N D E R S O N WEEKLY SPECIAL Grim News For GOP by Jack Anders-on 'Copyright. 1974 bv United WASHINGTON - Politics is an uncertain science. But our own political soundings indicate that the R e p u b ­ licans may be v irtually wiped out at the polls this year Even Republican veterans, like Sen. B a r r y G o l d w a t e r , are Watergate wi 11 cost the party a 10 per cent vote drop in November. T b e only w a y the voters can register a protest against President Nixon is to vote against the R e p u b lican candidates for Congress. But the greatest threat to the GOP is th<* econ o m ic out­ look Food costs shot up 19 per cent last year. Fu e l costs skyrocketed 20 per cent. In­ terest rates bit new heights, with banks cha rging 10 to 15 Per cent Andl p r i c e s a r e e x ­ pected to co n tin u e to soar this year. The oil shortage has forced j a v o 11 s in tbe a i r l i n e , automoblie, p e t r o c h e m ica l ar>d tourist in d u s t r ie s . This has caused a chain reaction, which could boost unem p loy­ ment to seven per cent this year. It also m e a n s less o v e r ­ time lor those who keep their jobs. The inevitable result will be a drop in personal income, a pinch in pure hasing power and a cutback in purchases. 1 these factors add up to a recession and inflation, m- ccedibly, at the same time. Already, the AFL-CIO is Rearing up to take out its Vt>ngeance upon Republican candidates. The polls in- tcate that nonunion workers d -sn trust the Democrats Fealu re Syndicate. Inc > m o re than the R e p u b l i c a n s with their econom ic w e lfare. Th e su s p icio n is s p r e a d i n g that R e p u b lican policies pro­ tect the profits of the c o rpora- tions and the h a n k s , w h ile n e g le c t in g the people who work for a livin g . T h i s attitu d e m a y be un- fair, but it is grim new s for tbe GO P . F a m i n e F o r e c a s t : T h e w o r ld fa c e s a c r i t i c a l fe r ­ tilizer shortage, w h ich could b r in g fam in e to th'e u n d e r ­ developed countries. Such na­ tions as B a n g l a d e s h , In d ia, tbe P h i l l i p p i n e s an d South V ietn a m need huge am o u n ts of c h e m i c a l fe r t i l i z e r s to grow ' th e m i r a c l e g r a i n s , which have saved their im ­ poverished people from star­ vation. T h e problem is that chem i­ cal fertilizers a r e m a d e from oil and gas. T h e oil squeeze lias left the underdeveloped countries d e s p e r a tely short of fe r t i l i z e r to n o u r ish th e i r m iracle grains. T h e United States foresaw the problem six months ago an d b e g a n try in g to raise £4 0,0 0 0 to n s o f f e r t i l i z e r through the foreign aid pro­ gram . But only 110,000 tons co u ld be found — s c a r c e l y o n e -sixth of the a n t icip a t e d need. T h e United S t a t e s itself cut back on fertilizer exports so its own farm e rs would have enough fertilizer to assure a good h a r v e s t . O ther e x p o r ­ ters, such as J a p a n , h a v e also reduced fertilizer production to save on oil. T h e result w ill be serious crop sh o r tages next harvest. In the past, the hungry na­ tions have been able to turn to the United States for food. But the U. S. g r a n a r ies have b e e n d r a i n e d so low th a t R u s s ia has o f fe r e d to ship grain to the United States to tide us o v e r until the next harvest. M e a n w h ile, the om inous o u t lo o k is for w i d e s p r e a d famine. ground: If our m a il is any in­ dication, the oil shortage is the biggest problem on the minds of the A m e r ican peo­ p l e . T h e y to k n o w whether there is a real shor­ tage or whether the oil crisis w a s contrived by the indus­ try to push up prices. T o fin d the a n s w e r , w e have developed sources in­ side the executive suites of the big oil com p anies. I have had access to some o f their s e c r e t c o r p o r a t e p a p e r s . H e re’s w h a t w e have learn ­ ed: There is no oil shortage — under the ground — in the United States. M o re than 36 billion barrels are ready to be pumped out. But this is ju s t the c r e a m o f the oil r e s e r v o i r s . A n o t h e r e s t i ­ m ated 150 billion b a r r e ls are saturated in the sands and clays. To extract this oil would require costly technologies which the oil companies have neglected. They have found it cheaper to develop foreign oil fields. They have spent an ab s o lu te m inim u m on research for ways to remove producible oil from the oil sands But now. foreign govern­ ments are threatening to take over the overseas oil fields. The secret corporate p a p e r s sh o w th a t th e oil barons, therefore, conspired to increase prices. They hoped to raise capital to reactivate their abandoned American wells and to get out the oil slush. n e e d m o r e m o n e y to build refin e r ie s . T h e y m u s t (continued on page ten) The interpretation of the station philosophy, or the way it is put into action, is under the control of the seven (I believe) m e m b e rs which constitute the executive board, with added input from those staff members w h o have... the drive to voice it (their opinion.) All the board m e e t ings are open.” LAMRON : Were you a member of the board? SIMS: “Yes, while I w a s the Assistant Program Director.” LAMRON: How does one be­ come a member of the board? SIMS: “According to policy, ap­ pointment by the station m a n ­ ager.” LAMRON: How does one be­ come station manager? SIMS : “By a vote of the m e m b e r s of Activities C o m m i s s i o n , based on a reccommendation provided by the G S T V station manager then in power.” LAMRON: You are not the A s s i s ­ tant Program Director anymore. Why is this s o ? SIMS: “It was the opinion of the board that I was unfit for a managerial position.” LAMRON: Unfit? SIMS: “It was the opinion of the board that in the past I had d i s ­ played a tendency to evade my responsibilities...lack of tact, the necessary tact and diplom a c y .” LAMRON: Did you understand what they meant? SIMS: “I understood what their opinion was. Both sid e s of the matter are based on both fact and opinion. The majority rules. It’s the American way.” LAMRON: Do you feel that you were treated unfairly? SIMS: “No comment. However, whether the decision itself was wise or not, it was made on a strictly business basis.” LAMRON: W h ich brings up an interesting question, is G S T V really a b u s i n e s s or is it a club? SIMS: “A s I see it, G S T V is in a strange position. It is a council of activities c o m m i s s i o n , but it is an operating cablecasting television station.” LAMRON: Isn ’t an organization like Concert Council or this newspaper in the same position? Couldn’t they be considered to be business organizations? SIMS: “In a sense, yes. But G S T V is a com m u n ications ser­ vice. It’s a public service bus­ iness. I g u e s s they’re all com ­ munications services. They couid all be bu s i n e s s e s . ” Sims is not an atypical case. Whether Sims, the student, was treated unfairly by his peers is essentially irrelevant. There’s a much more im p o rtant question here. The budgets of the various organizations that bring Geneseo students inform a tion and enter­ tainment total over $150,000 each year. When this kind of money is at stake, the management of these organizations may have difficulty in treating all of their members with equal interest and justice. There’s a job to do here, and decisions are necessary in order to get it done. Sometimes, however, people may get lost in the dynamics of getting the message across. EDITOR’S NOTE: Sims, by his own decision, is no longer a member of GSTV. E d i t o r i a l (continued from page six) W e d o not feel that the clinic should stop prescribing the drug. However, we dem a n d that all women be given the pamphlet explaining fully any consequences the pill may produce. W e further demand that w o m e n be made aware of possible alternatives to the Morning-After pill. And that the physician is sure in his own mind that she thoroughly understands. Ed. Note: Quotes concerning the Senate hearings and following two paragraphs were taken from Ms. magazine,Nov. 1973. E d i t o r i a l C o m m e n t It has come to our attention that the Union Snack Bar has been harrassmg students whose meal tickets bear certain n u m ­ bers. because these tickets have been alleged to be stolen. Through a reliable source, we learned specifically that they are checking those tickets bearing the numbers 53 at the right. They claim they p o s s e s s a \list\ of these, however, they lead the student into the back room, whereupon they call security to \check it out.\ The legality of such action seems questionable, since there appears to be s o little “evidence” to go by. It seem s that if such tickets actually had been stolen, they would have the full number on hand as reported by the indi­ vidual from whom they were taken. There is also a question of whether theft can be proven at all in this manner, since tickets are bought, sold, given away and found everyday. In any case, the continuation of this sort of harassment serves only to intimi­ date and subsequently infuriate innocent students.

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